Growing up is tough. So is growing old. And everything in between? Well, it’s all tough.
Between the pages of this short fiction collection, you will find internet daters, shy bus drivers, talking corpses, playground bullies, and monsters in the closet. Spies, old friends, unhappy teens, grieving sisters, overworked businessmen, and novice chess players bare their struggles and triumphs in local parks, cafes, funeral homes, bus stops, even their bedrooms.
These poignant, often humorous, contemporary short stories remind us how important human connections are in this crazy, yet beautiful world.
Fifteen stories in all!
Read what others are saying about the “Modern Shorts for Busy People” series:
“These short stories are great when you need a five to ten-minute break from your own life. The plots suck you in quickly and the characters are immediately recognizable and relatable. You read wanting to finish the story in one sitting and the perfect length means you can.” ~ Meggan
“A short read (and it’s difficult to get all of the elements of a good story into a few words), a challenging read — I thought about these stories, especially Say Something (Would I have said something?) — long after I finished reading. A delightful read — especially The Orange Scarf. The imagery in this middle story, the imagination, the language — the writing style — show talent. Thank you, K. Kris Loomis, for a good read!” ~ Christine
“I have to admit that because I’m a fan of longer works myself – 3-volume nineteenth-century novels, doorstop-size biographies and scholarly editions – the trend toward shorter and shorter short stories has somewhat dismayed me, both as a writer and a reader. As a writer, I can’t seem to stay succinct, and as a reader, I often feel like a short story isn’t really developed enough to draw me into the world and make me care about it. Kris Loomis’s stories have entirely changed my mind.” ~ Misty
“One park, one bench, and 6 characters make for three very unassuming interludes that provide a satisfying glimpse into the lives of uniquely ordinary people. The characters are brought to life with a verbal-visual acuity that leaves the impression of having eavesdropped on the events from an adjacent bench, as opposed to having read them. The stories are brief, but not their impact.” ~ John
Just because you are busy doesn’t mean that you don’t deserve good fiction in your life!